Five new graduates join Cooke & Arkwright commercial teams

Investment in talented individuals part of long term development strategy

26 November 2015

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Five new graduates have been enrolled by Cooke & Arkwright’s commercial teams over the past year as part of the firm’s long term strategy of supporting talent within the sector and helping them to develop the high standard of skills and professionalism required of Chartered Surveyors, and to become the best in their fields in Wales.

Ian Newbury has an honours degree and is currently enrolled at the University College of Estate Management studying an MSC in Real Estate. He joined Retail Agency where his work involves agency lettings, acquisitions and sales, as well as Landlord & Tenant matters for institutional and private landlords, and national retailers.

Hazel Davies works with the Investment and Development Land department teams. She graduated with a degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and is also undertaking a Masters degree in Real Estate Management with the University College of Estate Management. Her experience to-date has ranged from marketing a large residential development site in west Wales to a retail investment sale in east Wales.

George Watts has a BSc in Building Surveying and assists the Building Surveying team on a variety of instructions for retained clients throughout south Wales. This includes full Schedule of Condition Surveys prior to more complex repairs, as well as organising and liaising with clients, structural engineers, contractors and clients’ customers.

Most recently, Jamie Turbervill and Rhian Howells joined Valuation and Land Agency respectively. Jamie has a degree in Sports Psychology and a Post Grad Diploma in Real Estate from the University College of Estate Management, and is currently assisting with asset valuations for a public organisation on properties throughout Wales. Rhian formerly trained as a London Solicitor and has a degree in Geography, a PGDip in Law and an MSc in Land and Business Management. She is currently marketing a 143 acre arable and stock farm in the Vale of Glamorgan by way of formal tender.

Pictured: Hazel Davies, George Watts, Jamie Turbervill, Rhian Howells and Ian Newbury

Cooke & Arkwright have been providing rating valuation advice to The Welsh Rugby Union Limited (“WRU”) and Millennium Stadium plc for many years. They were recently successful in achieving substantial reductions in the assessments of the Millennium Stadium, covering both the 2005 and 2010 rating list. These negotiated reductions yielded savings of c.£3.5m which, crucially, allows the WRU to re-invest in rugby throughout Wales. They advise the WRU across the group portfolio including the National Centre of Excellence in the Vale of Glamorgan. The valuation issues across the WRU portfolio are complex requiring a high level of understanding of the funding and finances of professional sport in Wales. Cooke & Arkwright’s experience and understanding of these issues and application to the rating valuation have yielded these substantial negotiated reductions. The WRU and the Millennium Stadium entrust our work to organisations with the required levels in experience and expertise in dealing with these complex issues. I am glad to say we have this expertise in Wales. I would have no hesitation in recommending ratepayers making use of this Welsh based expertise.

Steve Phillips, Group Finance Director, Welsh Rugby Union Group